New Year Reflection Quotes and Sayings

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The New Year is a moment of quiet reflection. Reflect on the year gone by; of the happy gains and missed opportunities. Recount the good and bad of the past year. Introspect on your personal growth, and learn from the experience. New Year is the time to ensure that we bring balance to our life with positive influences overriding the negative ones.

New Year Reflection Quotes

Here are some wonderful New Year quotes and sayings that inspire you to re-energize yourself.

  • E. Marshall
    When then is lost, as time is by,
    We look upon the yearly wine
    To see our substance in the lees.
    Did tribe and purse most pleasing leave?
    To look for clear and faithful sense,
    That gives a bodied stance bouquet,
    Then see the vat at mirror's face
    and find in it, the yearly pace.
  • Thomas Hood
    And ye, who have met with adversity's blast,
    And been bow'd to the earth by its fury;
    To whom the twelve months, that have recently pass'd
    Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury —
    Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime,
    The regrets of remembrance to cozen,
    And having obtained a New Trial of Time,
    Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen.
  • Sir Walter Scott
    Each age has deemed the new-born year. The fittest time for festal cheer.
  • Charles Lamb
    No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.
  • Judith Crist
    Happiness is too many things these days for anyone to wish ill on anyone lightly. So let's just wish each other a bileless New Year and leave it at that.
  • Helen Fielding
    I do think New Year's resolutions can't technically be expected to begin on New Year's Day, don't you? Since, because it's an extension of New Year's Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
  • Mark Twain
    New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.
  • W.H. Auden
    The only way to spend New Year's Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.
  • Jean Paul Richter
    Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.
  • Thomas Mann
    Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
  • Charles Lamb
    Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    We meet today
    To thank Thee for the era done,
    And Thee for the opening one.
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